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February 8th, 2012
03:08 PM ET

10 reasons religious conservatives love Rick Santorum

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - For all the attention paid to the clout of fiscally focused tea party conservatives and of the primacy of jobs in the 2012 election, Rick Santorum’s trifecta victories Tuesday night are a good reminder of the powerful role religious conservatives play in the GOP. They fueled Santorum’s wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado - and his earlier victory in the Iowa caucuses.

But why, exactly, do religious conservatives love the former senator from Pennsylvania? There are obvious reasons - his advocacy against abortion and same-sex marriage, for instance - but plenty of less obvious ones, too.

Here’s my list. What would you add?

  1. Santorum’s a family man. “He’s got this big, vibrant family and he left the campaign trail last week to go back and be with his daughter in the hospital,” says Eli Bremer, chairman of Colorado's El Paso County Republican Party, centered around evangelical-heavy Colorado Springs. Santorum recently returned to Pennsylvania to respond to a health scare involving daughter Isabella - the youngest of his seven children - who suffers from a genetic disease. “I spent time with him last year, and he’s constantly thinking about his family,” Bremer says of Santorum. “It’s not just a political stunt.”

  1. He’s not averse to getting politically incorrect when donning culture warrior chain mail. “So if the baby’s toe is in you can’t kill the baby - how about if the baby’s foot is in?” he famously asked U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in a 1999 debate over a rare, later term abortion procedure that anti-abortion groups call a "partial birth" abortion.

  1. Santorum’s a homeschooling dad. His wife, Karen, is homeschooling or has homeschooled their seven children, making them a poster family for a movement populated largely by evangelical Christians and other serious believers. “It matters because it shows he’s a real part of our movement rather than simply someone who is politically sympathetic,” says Michael Farris, an evangelical conservative who leads the Home School Legal Defense Association.

  1. He’s a devout cradle Catholic. As a kid in Pennsylvania, Santorum the altar boy would spend Sunday mornings pushing hospital patients in wheelchairs to Mass. As a U.S. senator, Santorum attended Mass at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill each day before work. That piety gets respect with religious voters, regardless of affiliation. “Evangelicals have made him an honorary evangelical,” said Richard Land, public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention.

  1. Santorum’s not Mitt Romney. Millions of socially conservative voters still distrust the former Massachusetts governor on the hot button issues - abortion and same-sex marriage. Some, though not all, are put off by Romney’s Mormonism.

  1. Santorum’s not Newt Gingrich. Many social conservatives, particularly those of the female persuasion, continue to be turned off by Gingrich’s two failed marriages and his admissions of past marital infidelity.

  1. Santorum doesn’t just talk about opposing abortion, he’s legislated on it. As a senator, he was an architect of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. He pushed the ban even in the1990s, when Bill Clinton was in the White House and the legislation stood nary a chance of a presidential signature. “He walked the walk,” Land says. “When no one else would carry our water in the Senate, he would.”

  1. Ditto on same-sex marriage. Santorum sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage at a time when many Republicans lawmakers didn’t want to touch such a hot potato.

  1. Santorum’s big on compassionate conservatism. Though he gets the most ink for controversial stances on issues such as homosexuality, Santorum has also been a leading advocate for funding to fight AIDS in the Third World and has led conservative responses to poverty. “A lot of people have a hard time getting Rick Santorum because they’re used to a debate between liberalism and complete free-market approach and he’s not either of those things,” says Michael Gerson, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

    1. Santorum isn’t afraid to challenge science, questioning the theory of evolution and dismissing global warming as “a hoax.” The former senator “confirms (social conservatives’) view of science as being at odds with a Christian worldview,” tweets Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College, an evangelical Christian school in Pennsylvania.

CNN Belief Blog co-editor Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Politics • Rick Santorum

soundoff (2,587 Responses)
  1. Rev. J.T.

    People came to America from England to escape theocracy. Now these clowns want it back. Idiocy knows no limits.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • lathebiosas

      And they're all trying to rewrite history and claim our founding fathers were all Christians – – – – –

      February 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • well

      Um you might read a book sometime. The Pilgrims came here to found a theocracy. Which they did.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Old Fool

      Amen.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • iknowmyrights

      its called a Jefferson's Bible!

      and read quotes on religion from the founding fathers.
      also! FREEDOM of RELIGION! meaning all religions are equal and welcomed! not just one right winged version.

      if people feel that badly about their religion (whatever it may be) you can live in middle east for a while!

      February 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Don in Albuquerque

      For all those wanting a theocracy......enjoyed that little Salem thing....didn't ya.

      February 9, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Pauli

      No moron, people left England because of religious persecution...something you leftist indulge in every time you post to this board.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Pauli

      The leftists on this board don't understand they have their own "religion" they are pushing - rigid secular humanism. What these bigots refuse to acknowledge is their own hypocrisy – any "religion" that doesn't agree with my atheistic world view is "right wing" and therefore, evil.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Mickey

      You wouldn't know religious persecution if it was standing in front of you. You are free. This country was built on the notion that civil rights preceeds religious freedoms that all. You can prey and worship anything and anyone you like as long as it doesn't harm other citizens. That's a pretty broad place to be. Appreciate the America you live in.....stop whining!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Upright Ape

      Hm...so not having a religion is a religion Pauli? How about not playing baseball, is that a sport? Is failing to collect stamps a hobby?

      February 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Dave

      They DID NOT come to escape theocracy. That shows a complete lack of knowledg. They DID come to escape forced support (especially financial) and laws that clearly favored ONE church.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  2. martog

    Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian
    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      responding
      1. will kick your butt on Bible knowledge Monday through Saturday and twice on Sunday.
      2. Prayer is 100% effective, just because you don't know how to pray or who to pray to does not equate to your prejudiced figures
      3. Jesus Christ proves Christianity. Personal testimonies such as tongues are only a confirmation of a personal relationship with the living God,and relevant only in the Biblical context. We are not convinced of anything by signs but by a personal relationship with God.
      4.Hell was created for the fallen angels, a person is not intended to go there and God has made every provision that a person need not go there. If you end up in hell it will be your own fault. Not the Christians and not God's.
      5.The age of earth is not mentioned in the Bible so there is no problem such as you suspect.However when i was a child the earth was estimated to be a few million years old, now it is up to billions. This planet really put on the years in a short time span.
      6.We do not laugh at cults that deceive mankind and blind them to the Truth , anymore than we would think that your lost soul is funny. It is God's desire that everyone would have a relationship with Him.
      7.When you know God you begin to understand the why of certain situations. allah is a false god and idol, there is legitimate anger at mankind being deceived by an idol. Don't recall ever seeing anyone purple over it yet.
      8.Kind of doubled up on the idolatry bit, but yes God is one God in three persons, you will never understand unless you know God.
      9.What do humans turn into after death?science is not the enemy of God, God gave science to mankind.
      10.You are really hung up on the idols aren't you. Try not studying the false gods try finding the True God.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • maggot troll is maggot and troll

      maggot troll is maggot and troll

      February 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • bart simpson

      i know you are but what am i?

      February 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Responding"? Not really. Just barfing up the usual crap, justlyin.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • iknowmyrights

      martog, WELL SAID!

      i had a loving mother who came to clinic today for her child's checkup. i noticed that he has not received any of his vaccinations.
      Her response: he doesn't need it. We believe in prayer and god's will!

      i'm sure i cried deep down inside of me, for her child and the rest of children who share the same roof as him.

      I HAVE prayed for common sense for too long to believe for sure IT DOESNT WORK!

      and just for record "just saying": i'm sure those poor humans in the holocaust prayed a lot more sincerely and deeper than you ever will... and they got no answer! so please save your dignity, for the love of your children, pick up a book that is less dated than 1900 years!

      February 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • iknowmyrights

      ps. someone who is an avid believer in LIFE and JESUS...

      please answer me this: when a child dies because of his parents neglect to vaccinate him (not to mention other children that will be affected by this), who is standing up for that kids life then???

      PLEASE tell me: what is the difference between killing/taking away the life of the kid after he is born, or terminating life before birth? NOTHING you morons! the kid is DEAD either way.

      no go worry about china and india taking away your job (its not the mexicans! they do the work you don't want to do!)...

      February 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • NJBob

      @just sayin - Nonsense. You've been hopelessly brainwashed. Physically you're here but your mind got stuck in the Bronze Age.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • Mikey

      That is an awesome post. Of course the evangelicals it is directed at will point to the Bible as proof yet again, but so well presented!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • RAWoD

      @ just sayin - Oscar Meyer has a word for your philosophy. It even has a first name.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Robert

      Some of the replies here are typical. If you could only "see" the true God, you would understand. It's comes down to worldly science, evidence, etc. or "blind" faith. Seems to me that a true God would show himself in a real and unambiguous way.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Tony

      Just Sayin... Christains do worship a object... When you ask someone what they see when they think about God a lot of people will say a cross which IS a object. When you worship in your church you ARE worshiping a object and you or anyone else telling me differently is just lieing to themselves. BUT when someone prays in a certain direction at a certain time they are the crazy one's!

      February 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Llad

      Gee Just Sayin, since the first radiometric dating of the Earth (which confirmed it was billions of years old) was conducted in 1905, you must have been born in the 19th century. I think not!! ROFL Gotta luv ignorant religious zealots ...

      February 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Republitard

      To just sayin: So have you talked to God yet? Have you been to heaven and came back if you do please bring a video of your trip. If you pray/talk to god, could you please ask him how we can cure Cancer and many other dieseases, and how to solve poverty, bigotry and stupidity. Please get back at us when you get those answers from god, make sure to take good notes.

      February 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • JoeBlow

      I think Mahatma Gandhi probably summed it up best:

      "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

      February 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Dave

      Amen to that brother.....I hope everyone reads this...you stole my mantra....

      February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  3. Reality

    Only for the newbies:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    And the irony:

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Eve

      "2008 Presidential popular vote results:

      69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM."

      Cite your source that the voters were one or the other.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Reality

      As noted, it is a comparison but the numbers of Immoral Majority members in 2008 is basically the same as the number of those who voted for Obama. Coincidence? Considering abortion choice vs. respect for human life in all its forms was the number one issue in the 2008 election, it was not a coincidence. And Mr. Axelrod and his Chicago cronies (i.e. BO's campaign gurus) were the number crunchers then and still are.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • NJBob

      @Reality - Th fact that you cite such exact figures for pro-choice and anti-choice voters tells me you're making this up. Christians are inveterate liars.

      February 9, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • brian

      we could be like the catholics and breed like rats, or molest the children they were supposed to protect,catholics again, or be like Ron paul and say if u don't have money then u don't get health care, or steal the states money for home schooling(insanatorium) while living in another state,as for you and your God, keep it out of my life and I'll keep out of yours

      February 9, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Dave

      EVE, What about the 2004, or 2000, or 1996, or 1992, or 1988... elections?

      February 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  4. ThisSerious

    Not sure if you know this but 27 states require insurers that cover prescription drugs to cover contraceptive drugs and devices. Missouri and Colorado are one of those states, and somehow Santorum won these 2 states based on the rhetoric of “Obama’s War on religion”. They should be mad at their state governor and legislature, not Obama for nationalizing a rule that was already approved at a state level. Again this is not about the economy, social issues, or spending, its just that there are people in this country who hate the person Obama, and if you tell them that the sun is yellow because of Obama, they won't question it, and they'll hate him even more.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Texas Doc

      The sun is sometimes red too! And everyone gets to use it. It is a socialist plot! Damn democrats and their free sun giveaway program.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Reality

      "Twenty states offer exemptions from contraceptive coverage (usually for religion) for insurers or employers in their policies: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia. "

      National Counsel of State Legislators

      February 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Reality

      Make that "National Conference of State Legislatures"

      February 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    Romney is a cult member and a solidier slave of Cain, so any real Christian, even one as horrible as Santorum (I Googled his name...Ew!) can seize the moral high ground just because he believes in God!

    February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Wow,,tiy are deluded.

      "so any real Christian" Error....No True Scotsman Fallacy

      February 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Kiki

      Texas Doc, you speak harsh words. What evidence do you have that Romney belongs to a cult?

      February 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  6. ufadoof

    Rick. It's time. Come out of the closet.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • mary

      I have said this from the beginning- something is not Quite right about him and romney

      February 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    Santorum is not a Mormon and he dresed his dead kid up as the baby Jesus and made his family pray to the corpse.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • He who has the last laugh

      Don't be an @ss Doc !

      February 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Alexishere

      100% true. Read my comments posted about 3:52pm. Santorum is truly insane.

      February 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  8. CoJo

    with regard to #8: I gather Santorum will now come out and say the courts of appeals are wrong with regard to prop 8. Of course Santorum's word is law of the land. Evangelicals dislike everyone not of their beliefs (what is that word that means the same thing?? oh a bigot). Don't forget Reverend Terry Jones is a Christian too.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      CoJo, you and your friends all seem to be about democracy and the will of the people, until it doesn't go your way ?

      February 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  9. lynn

    Separation of church and state means "I don't want to hear about your faith". Tell me what you will do for the U.S. if elected. Not just oblique words, but details.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • CoJo

      Lynn has it right, there is a reason Pennsylvania did not re-elect Santorum (alias he was FIRED). Santorum does not know the meaning of separation of state & church and neither doe the Evangelicals.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • gf

      No it doesn't – it means the authority of the church has not authority over the state, they are not intertwined that way ... as was an issue those faced who fled from Europe.

      And any person (with the free speech given them) in this country can tell what they believe, be that their belief in a god, their belief in aliens, their animal rights views, their belief that we shouldn't eat animals at all, or whatever their views are that come across in their 'speech'. It's a hard thing for some to realize, that they are free to do this. But you're also free to disagree and believe something opposite.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  10. CC

    This is sad, let's roll back all progress from the past 50+ years. He doesn't have a chance, fortunately most Americans have an I.Q. over 70.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Mark

      Roll back all progress over the past 50 years? C'mon man!!! Electing one guy to office doesn't equate to "all progress being rolled back." No President can do that without the consent of Congress and the people.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  11. ETA

    Hey Rick,
    .. Tommy doesn't know what day it is..
    He doesn't know who Jesus was or what praying is..
    How can he-e be saved (ching-ching-ching) ...
    from the eternal grave?

    February 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Matthew 10:29

      Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  12. Stevie7

    A comment about point #7 – that Santorum has walked the walk on abortion. Like nearly every right-wing politician, he plays lip service to the abortion issue because he knows he needs the votes from the single-issue voters. Take that away, and you take away his (admittedly weak) elect-ability. He pushed legislation that he knew wouldn't pass. To pander to the masses and give him a good talking point.

    I hope that one day single-issue voters will wake up and realize that they're being taken for a ride ... but I'm not holding my breath.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  13. go4it

    Number 10)
    He's not afraid to challenge science. Really?
    I think it should have read, He's not afraid to take a position against science with no evidence backing it up whatsoever.
    He doesn't listen to 99% of the scientists, even though he has no expertise in the areas he's questioning.
    And this is good? Is this really what we want?

    February 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • He who has the last laugh !

      To have a scientist sit there and tell me that life is just an incredible coincidence and that we evolved from monkeys is a little too much. I would fall more into a intelligent design crowd, or maybe even ancient aliens.
      Complete evolution is still nothing more than a theory with lots of missing links. Just as the theory of time travel by bending space.
      You might even say that some scientists are practicing a religion of their own

      February 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • jaywing

      I totally agree. Santorum doesn't 'challenge' science. Obviously the writer doesn't understand science any better than Ricky. The only thing Santorum does is spew non-rational, mythological verbage that, in no way, has a basis in reality. It is truely sad that in the 21st century we have a person running for President of the most advanced, free society on the planet, whose head is still stuck in the dark ages - and he actually has people voting for him! Good god people, are you really that stupid?

      February 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • jaywing

      Hey 'He who has...' apparently you missed the class in Biology 101. You obviously don't understand the thrust of the theory of evolution, do not understand the strict science that forms its foundation, nor its most rudimentary tenants (for instance, no where does it say humans evolved from monkeys - that's a pure fabrication on your part). Suggestion for you and Ricky - get a real education - I mean something beyond the 3rd grade.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • go4it

      He who has the last laugh !
      Scientists do not take a position on the origins of life, though they are doing research on this.
      Evolution is a fact, however. And if you don't believe the massive amounts of evidence, then you just go on and vote for someone who believes like you. See you later, I'm moving forward.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Rationalintn

      ..Last Laugh.... monkeys are the ones with tails. Apes are the ones like us, without tails. Apes are the ones we share 97% of our DNA with, not monkeys.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Damo

      I don't know which is more appalling, your grasp of evolution or your use of the word "coincidence".

      There is no coincidence. Organisms with the best genetic traits within an environment survive and pass on those genes to more offspring than organisms with traits less suited to the environment. There is no coincidence here, it's perfectly straightforward. If you've got the genes needed to live longer and be more successful in a certain place, you're more likely to pass those genes on. This is profoundly straightforward.

      And no, you are not descended from a monkey. You share a common ancestor with all primates.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  14. Tak

    I'd vote for Obama before I'd cast a vote for Santorum. I don't really want vote for Obama, but if the Republican Tea Party makes Rick Santorum their candidate, this GOPer is voting Democratic in November.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • He who has the last laugh !

      as soon as you said "Republican Tea Party" you exposed yourself as not being a Republican yourself.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • sarah

      Did he? There is the old republican party, the tea party and the social conservatives. All of them have very different ideas. There are many fiscal conservatives who would not vote for a social conservative. If Santorum follows his faith to the letter, he's not going to be against immigration, will be against BC, will believe strongly in charity through gov't and so on.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • staneve

      Very well said! I'm a conservative republican I would prefer Romney anyone else I vote Obama

      February 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  15. Brad

    I admire RIck Santorum's faith and devotion to God, also his apparent strength of character – evident in the way he goes against the more cautious mainstream conservative conventionality. Unfortunately, all of his best traits are misdirected. If only we could reach into a mirror and pull out Anti-Rick. What a powerful advocate he could be for socially progressive causes, for scientific research and education.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • JohnW

      Would that be Rick with a goatee?

      February 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  16. PugPower

    I wonder if God is proud to be associated with any of our religions?

    February 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      I have it on good authority that Santa hates being associated with Christmas, given the commercialization its gone through lately.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • PugPower

      Facepalm. Can you really communicate with Santa? If so, you may be a phophet. If you're a prophet, you can start a religion. If you start a religion, you can get millions of people to behave irrationally AND give you money. Pretty tempting.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • rugger08

      PugPower,
      We ALL can communicate with Santa, all you have to do is have faith and send letters to the north pole. Those that do not have a personal relationship could not possibly understand his ultimate power. The non-believer will be subjected to a life of misery and coal. The christmas story is PROOF that santa exists and that he is the one and only santa. Being that Santa is the only true christmas figure, those that worship frosty and rudolph will be subjected an eternity of fruitcakes and gifts of underwear and socks. Those that mock santa will surely regret it as their Christmas be subjected to the will of the fallen one, the grinch. Praise Santa!

      February 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  17. JRL

    Most of you that have posted talk about how terrible Santorum is and think Oboma is better have serious problems. It's people like you that have put our country in the state that it's in. Not Bush, not anyone else. YOU. Open your eyes people and do some research. Heck, the economy speaks for itself. Stop listening to the liberal media and search out FACTS and STATISTICS elsewhere. We are heading towards socialism. If that's what you want then move to another country. Please go. Really, the USA would be so much better off if you would.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • lynn

      And what are those facts? Climbing out of the GWB/GOP mess, employment improving, stock market climbing? Unless you bought a house over your head and a balloon mortgage, or trying to cash in on a house the housing market shouldn't affect you. The word socialism is a GOP abbreviation for "get the black guy out of the Whtie House".

      February 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      Santorum when running for Congress was the only candidate that actually went door to door. Old school politics

      February 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • J.W

      The only reason the economy is still bad is because republicans are making it bad.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • DDanny1

      Whew! Thanks a lot. I thought I was going crazy. It must have been a dream. In my dream in 2008 the U.S. was thrown in the worst recession since the depression and Bush's top economic adviser gave a 75% chance of it becoming a depression.
      Bush gave a boatload of money to Wallstreet with no requirement to pay it back, then Obama gave them MORE MONEY but told them they had to pay it back before they could continue to take outrageous bonuses. So they paid it back YEARS before they previously thought they would be able to. Then Obama reunited the task force to find Bin Laden that Bush had disbanded in 2006, explaining "I really am not that concerned with Osama Bin Laden". Then get this, Obama OK's a mission that takes out Bin Laden and captures a bunch of intel that has resulted in heavy metal precipitation wherever Al-Quida might be. Then I KNEW it had to be a dream when Obama had 22 straight months of job growth and the NASDAQ reached the highest level since 2000.
      So since I must have been asleep that whole time can you tell me what did happen?

      February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • iknowmyrights

      first of all: separation of church and state!
      founding father didn't envision USA the way it is heading right now... (NO: go read a history book, this is not a CHRISTIAN NATION, WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE!)

      Socialism? really? some people wouldn't know what socialism is even if it hits you over the head. If you have such hard time here, why don't YOU leave?

      it bothers me that the founding fathers tried so hard to establish this country on every value other than RELIGION! and took us roughly about 50 years to screw it up and make it our version.

      one benefit of socialism is probably that they will make the kids READ BOOKS in school... and STUDY and learn SCIENCE because the last time i checked (which was on sunday) i didn't ready any of that in the bible.

      It scares me to death when a president of this great country:
      1- believes in the man in the sky
      2- doesn't believe in science (evolution and the global warming) (which means that he believes that humans lived with the purple dinosaurs)
      3- thinks his religion is the only belief acceptable to all human kind (which isn't much diff than radical muslims if you ask me)
      4- has access to the nuclear-bomb codes
      5- got elected by THAT many people who share his ideology!

      i'm a republican, but as Dylan said: the times are changing! science, education, infrastructure investments and tolerance is what this country needs. This country cannot lose its greatness to CHINA and INDIA! the way it is heading now with this congress and general ideology (tea party)... i don't like the future.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • CoJo

      Fact: Bush got us into the war (undeclared) in Iraq... costing a lot more than money
      Fact: Bush started the bailout of the auto companies, so if it was wrong for Obama, it was more wrong by Bush.
      Fact: Bush and hist group bailed out companies like AIG, GS, that bet against your homes and your retirement... Obama is still trying to clean that mess up. Where was Bush and congress when Fanny & Freddy Macs were doing bad loans? You might say SEC... well who de-regulated the finance industry and THEN BAILED THEM OUT????

      February 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • sarah

      We've been "socialists" for decades now. Ever since we started social security, medicare and medicaid. Those are socialist ideas.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  18. WB

    No chance, Underpants!

    February 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  19. J.W

    Mennonites rule!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Yo!

      Get back to work and stop stealing from you employer.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Stevie7

      Atheists hate god was much better. And you really need to come up with a new handle if you want to really be effective.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • J.W

      Yeah you are right Stevie. Now people have seen my good ones. Back to the drawing board.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  20. t.sarcastic

    Can't wait till we are living under Rick's theocracy.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
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